Apocalypse Now (1979)

R  |   |  Drama, War


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During the Vietnam War, Captain Willard is sent on a dangerous mission into Cambodia to assassinate a renegade colonel who has set himself up as a god among a local tribe.


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Cast & Crew

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Director:

Francis Ford Coppola

Writers:

John Milius, Francis Ford Coppola, Michael Herr (narration)

Did You Know?

Trivia

The music during the helicopter scene is Wagner's "Ritt der Walküren" ("Ride of The Valkyries") and the original music was about speared men charging while riding buffalo.


Quotes

Willard: Saigon... shit; I'm still only in Saigon... Every time I think I'm gonna wake up back in the jungle.
Willard: When I was home after my first tour, it was worse.
Willard: I'd wake up and there'd be nothing. I hardly said a word to my wife, until I said "yes" to a ...


Goofs

When Willard is first shown a photo of Col. Kurtz the name tag on his uniform reads "Leighley". When Willard looks at the photo a second time, the name tag reads "Kurtz". (This is due to the fact the character's name was changed from Kurtz to Leighley and then back to Kurtz during the film's production.)


Crazy Credits

There are four different treatments of the end credits, all four are available in different VHS, laserdisc, DVD and TV prints of the film...... When the film premiered in a limited 70mm format, it had no beginning or end credits, nothing but a one-line Omni Zoetrope copyright notice at the end. Programs were passed out to theater goers in lieu of any credits. When the film went into its wide release its format was 35mm. This version included end credits rolling over surrealistic explosions and burning jungle, showing the Kurtz compound being destroyed. When Coppola heard that people were assuming that the explosions during the end credits of the 35mm version meant that an air strike had been called in on the Kurtz compound (which is not what he wanted audiences to think) he quickly re-edited the 35mm version to have the end credits rolling over a simple black background and a slightly altered musical score. The "Redux" version also has the end credits over a black background but in different screen fonts and including additional "Redux" inserted cast members.

Details

Release Date:

15 August 1979

Language

English, French, Vietnamese


Country of Origin

USA

Box Office

Budget:

$31,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$96,992 (USA) (5 August 2001)

Gross:

$83,471,511 (USA)

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